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    Maurice Mason: 1914-2014

    Monday, September 29th, 2014

    Maurice Mason from Canterbury has sadly died at the grand old age of 100 years, he was one of ACTSA’s most stalwart members. Maurice’s whole life was dedicated to the

    Letter from Hobeni 9: Heritage Day

    Monday, September 29th, 2014

    Wednesday 24th September was celebrated in South Africa as National Heritage Day.  According to the South African Commission on Human Rights it is day to celebrate because people have the right to live their culture, practice their religion and speak their own language enshrined in the

    Swaziland: Thulani and Bheki nominated for human rights award

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

    International Trade Union Federation Nomination of Swazi activists for 2014 Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Award More than 50 trade unions and civil society organisations joined in nominating Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu for the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Award which honors exceptional individuals who peacefully promote and protect universally recognised rights. Thulani is a

    Letter from Hobeni 8: Exhibit B

    Monday, September 22nd, 2014

    One of the great things about internet access is that you can take part in campaigns, such as the current one about the Exhibit B event at the Barbican, from a great distance.   For those of you who do not know, Exhibit B is a

    Exhibit B: Letter to the Barbican

    Monday, September 22nd, 2014

    Letter to the Barbican from ACTSA regarding the controversial ‘Exhibit B’ exhibition. Sir Nicholas Kenyon Managing Director The Barbican Silk St London EC2Y 8DS 16 September 2014 Dear Sir Nicholas Kenyon Re: Exhibit B- Barbican staging of 23- 27 September 2014

    Letter from Hobeni 7: Elections

    Friday, September 19th, 2014

    I have just seen a video of a tribute concert to Desmond Tutu that took place in Cape Town a few years ago.   It was magnificent.   Sibongile Khumalo sang “Amazing Grace”.   There was a beautiful rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Suzanne Murphy.   That song is special to anyone who was at the Mandela [...]

    Letter from Hobeni 6: Biko

    Friday, September 12th, 2014

    On 12th September 1977, Steve Biko was brutally murdered by the apartheid Security Police.   Jimmy Kruger, the then South African Minister of Justice, lied publicly about what had happened, claiming that Biko had died because he had

    Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement

    Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

    IRIN  More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.  The families had been staying at

    Letter from Hobeni 5: The Rift

    Monday, September 1st, 2014

    David Kenvyn One of the pleasures of cataloguing someone else’s book collection is that you get access to books that you have not been able to read before, usually because you did not have the time to do so.   In the case of Hilda Bernstein’s “The